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Lawmakers say family planning access is necessary after Amendment One passed last year

(Charleston) A bill in the House of Delegates aims to increase access to birth control.

The Family Planning Access Act would make over-the-counter birth controls more accessible. Lawmakers in support of the bill say it is necessary after the passage of Amendment One this past fall, which limits medicaid funding for pregnancy terminations to only certain circumstances including when the fetus has severe birth defects, when rape or incest has occurred and been reported to law enforcement or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Del. Mike Pushkin (D – Kanawha) is a sponsor of the bill. He said, “Basically the bill expands access to certain forms of birth control and I think a lot of us felt that it was important after the resolution that passed last year and the eventual vote that was on the ballot after the last election that we improve the access to birth control so we can prevent unwanted pregnancies.”

The third reading of the bill is scheduled for February 11.

Haley Brown

Multimedia Journalist

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